The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


Student assessment shall comply with the law and State Board of Education rules to determine the progress of students and to assist them in attaining student performance objectives and the educational achievement goals of the District.

State-mandated tests (e.g., diagnostic assessments and achievement tests) shall be administered to students at the times designated by the State Board of Education. However, the regular program of study may not be interrupted to administer practice tests or engage in other test-preparation activities for a Statewide assessment. The Board may authorize a school to:

 A.distribute to students sample test books and answer keys that are published by the Florida Department of Education;

 B.incorporate test-taking exercises and strategies into curriculum for reading and mathematics;

 C.provide individualized instruction in the content knowledge and skills assessed, without suspending the school's regular program of curriculum for a student who scores at Level 1 or Level 2 on a prior administration of the Statewide assessment or a student who is identified as having a deficiency in the content knowledge and skills assessed; and

 D.administer a practice test or engage in other test preparation activities for the statewide assessment which are determined necessary to familiarize students with the organization of the assessment, the format of the test terms, and the test directions, or which are otherwise necessary for the valid and reliable administration of the assessment, as set forth in rules adopted by the State Board of Education.

At least annually, the staff members will assess the academic achievement and learning needs of each student. Procedures for such assessments may include, but need not be limited to, teacher observation techniques, cumulative student records, student performance data collected through standardized testing programs, and physical examinations.

The Superintendent shall develop a program of testing that may include, but not be limited to:

 A.State-mandated achievement tests;

 B.end-of-course tests at appropriate grade levels to measure achievement of performance objectives in designated courses;

 C.diagnostic testing and alternative assessments.

Also required:

 A.mandatory participation by all eligible students as defined by State Board of Education rules;

 B.parents be informed of the testing program of the schools and of the special tests that are to be administered to their children; and District achievement test results will be reported to the public annually;

 D.reading and mathematics remediation services be provided to any student based on statutory request;

 E.all English Language Learners shall participate in Statewide assessment programs based on State standards with allowable accommodations; and

 F.all students with disabilities shall participate in the Statewide assessment program based on State standards without accommodations unless the individual educational plan (IEP) team or the team that develops the Section 504 plan determines and documents that the student requires allowable accommodations during instruction and for participation in a Statewide assessment. The decision for a student with a significant cognitive disability to participate in the Statewide alternate assessment is made by the IEP team and recorded on the IEP. Questions to guide the decision-making process to determine how a student with disabilities will participate in the Statewide assessment program are incorporated in the IEP process.

Appropriate and necessary action shall be taken against any employee who knowingly and willfully violates test security rules adopted by the Department of Education for any State-mandated assessment.

Classroom Evaluation of Students

Evaluation devices are to be used for assessment purposes to show each student, the parent and as the studentsí teacher(s), what the student has mastered, where the student needs help, and how to motivate the student for continued learning.

Teachersí oral and written tests, group discussions, written work, student portfolios, checklists, and observations are ways to determine student progress within the classroom. Examinations or units shall be averaged as part of the grading period evaluation in which the examinations or unit tests are given.

The regulations for classroom examinations are:

 A.examinations should not be formally organized in the lower elementary grades.

 B.each secondary school will develop its own schedule for giving semester and/or final exams. Except under unusual circumstances, no student should be required to take more than two (2) examinations on a given day.

 C.where appropriate, examinations must include a reasonable number of questions which require an essay response.

 D.all secondary semester examination papers must be retained in the school for at least one (1) year.

 E.deviations from these procedures or remission from semester examinations in a school may be authorized by the Regional Center Superintendent.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative procedures for test security that maintains the integrity of District and State assessments. These procedures are found in the document, Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Standards, Guidelines, and Procedures for Test Administration and Test Security.

F.S. 1008.22, 1008.25, 1008.30 
F.A.C. 6A-1.0943

Revised 6/17/15

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